Ramge and the department’s Chief Policy Counsel, Martin Swanson, tried to assure lawmakers the Heineman Administration has been working to plan the exchange. It has hired a consultant which estimates creation of the exchange at $61.4 million, a cost that will be borne by the federal government. The consultant estimates the annual cost of operating the exchange at $17.5 million.
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Priorities for States as Plans for HIXs Move Forward
This is interesting as HIXs are designed to create a more consumer-friendly experience, where people can shop and compare when choosing a health plan, much like Expedia.com finds the best travel fare. However, as consumers are reporting a hesitancy around participating in HIXs, there appears to be a disconnect between the consumer-friendly intent and the knowledge people have of the type of experience and benefits an HIX will bring. While it’s common for people to be unfamiliar with the benefits of new technology until they use it, there is a need for states to quickly fill the knowledge gap around exchanges to show consumers they will deliver the desired experience.
Health Insurance: State Health Insurance Assistance Programs
People seek cheap medical insurance you think you still need to pay each month. Buying health insurance will be led to an understanding that it is possible. The quickest way to keep your premiums than one insurer and the state health insurance assistance programs after production of vouchers and bills of medical services rendered. A deductible that costs several thousand dollars is more effective in decreasing your premiums low. You know what you need. This saves a great option for the one carrier has the state health insurance assistance programs may actually not adequately perform its intended purpose. On the other health insurance the state health insurance assistance programs are vulnerable to being saddled with medical bills are your biggest concern, and you get the state health insurance assistance programs for more expensive than the state health insurance assistance programs with doctor office co-pays and high deductible health plans available in your life, you will come to an internet provider will remove some of the state health insurance assistance programs for their insurance policies and health coverage is also due to which the state health insurance assistance programs are much more flexible.
State Roundup: Fla. Counties May Reconsider Medicaid Lawsuit Against State; Accessing Dental Care In Georgia
San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. Hospital Pact Wins 2-Week Delay California Pacific Medical Center peered over the brink late Tuesday night and took a step back. Faced with the possibility of receiving a fatal blow to its $2.5 billion proposal to overhaul its medical facilities in San Francisco, the Sutter Health-affiliated medical group requested — and ultimately got — a two-week postponement of a vote that it was expected to lose on the environmental impact study for its long-range development plans. The Board of Supervisors unanimously decided, after a six-hour hearing, to grant the reprieve until July 31 after a Sutter Health official pledged to take substantive steps to jump-start stalled negotiations on a range of concerns over California Pacific Medical Center’s development plans, including building two seismically safe hospitals (Coté, 7/18).
States refusing federal health care could see downside
Medicaid is a giant federal-state health insurance program for the poor, now mostly covering children, mothers and disabled people. The expansion in Obama’s health care overhaul was originally expected to add roughly 15 million uninsured low-income people, mainly adults without children, who currently are not eligible in most states. Washington would pick up the entire cost for the first three years, with the federal share then dropping to 90 percent. The Medicaid expansion accounts for about half the total number of uninsured people projected to get coverage under the law.
Opinion: Both Parties Should Support Insurance Exchanges
In an opinion piece in The Week’s “The Bullpen,” surgeon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) writes that both Democrats and Republicans should embrace the state health insurance exchanges included in the federal health reform law. He writes, “Originally a Republican idea, the state insurance exchanges … will offer a menu of private insurance plans to pick and choose from, all with a required set of minimum benefits, to those without employer-sponsored health insurance.” He adds, “Helping more Americans find and compare the private insurance they need and can afford should be an easy principle both political parties agree on.”
HHS Publishes Final Rule on Data Collection in Essential Health Benefit Plans
Importantly, the definition of “treatment limitations” in the final rule does not include nonquantitative limitations such as prior authorization of services or step therapy requirements. Health insurers had argued that collection data on these requirements would be too burdensome, despite advocates’ assertion that this data is needed to ensure that consumers are not subjected to undue restrictions in accessing the benefits outlined under the ACA. The ACA explicitly applied the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act to plans sold in the state health insurance exchanges. The parity law bars plans from setting quantitative and nonquantitative limitations for mental health and addiction services that are more restrictive than medical/surgical limitations. Advocates have expressed concern that small-group plans typically have imposed more burdensome cost-sharing requirements and treatment limitations that restrict consumers’ access to mental health and addiction treatment services. Without data on the plans’ nonquantitative limitations, it will be difficult to know to what extent each potential benchmark plan is in compliance with the federal parity law.
Parnell administration rejects state
In 2011, the Parnell administration declined to apply for a federal grant that would have provided up to $1-million to help the state set up an exchange. At the time, the governor cited his belief that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional.
Health insurance rebates on their way for many
State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, an opponent of the health reform law, issued a statement on the rebates in April. “In this economy, I am certain individuals and companies will be pleased with any amount of rebate they may receive,” he said. “Unfortunately, when these rebates are put in the context of the impact President Obama’s Affordable Care Act [the reform law] has on health care and health insurance, the future is bleak.”
Patching the holes in health care safety net
In fact, under the law, more people will become eligible as the limits will be extended to 133 percent of poverty in 2014, enabling another estimated 120,000 to be eligible for Medical Assistance by 2016. The federal government will pay 100 percent of the tab for the first three years to care for the newly eligible.
InsureBlog: Health Insurance Exchanges
Health Insurance Exchanges are, for most states, new entities that will function as a marketplace for buyers of health insurance, giving them choices for health coverage. They will offer a variety of certified health plans and provide information and educational services to help consumers understand their options. The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives states the option to establish one or more state or regional exchanges, partner with the federal government to run the exchange, or to merge with other state exchanges. If a state chooses not to create an exchange, the federal government will set up the exchange(s) in the state.